• Official title: Graduated in Civil Engineering
  • Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture
  • Center: Higher Polytechnic School of Ávila
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Spanish Language
  • Regulated profession: Technical Engineer in Public Works
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 43


The Degree in Civil Engineering began its implementation in the USAL in the 2010-11 academic year, once the verification process was passed, and replaced the studies of Technical Engineer of Public Works, specializing in Hydrology. In 2016, this Degree renewed its accreditation.

This Degree qualifies to practice the regulated profession of Technical Engineer of Public Works (Order CIN / 307/2009, of 9 February, by which the requirements are established for the verification of the official university qualifications that qualify for the exercise of the profession of Technical Engineer of Public Works, BOE 18/2/2009)). The Curriculum consists of 240 European ECTS credits, distributed over 4 academic years, at a rate of 60 credits per course.

The Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad de Salamanca has two training itineraries: Civil Constructions (itinerary A) and Hydrology (itinerary B) that are taught, respectively, at the Higher Polytechnic School of Zamora and the Higher Polytechnic School of Ávila. The first two academic years are identical in both itineraries, not third and fourth. External internships have an optional character.

The general and common objective is the training of students with a scientific and technological base that enables them to immediately practice within the legally established powers: participate in a responsible manner in the writing of studies and projects and in the direction, organization and exploitation of engineering works and services.

In the academic year 2012-13, once the favorable report of ACSUCyL is received, the Adaptation Course for the Degree in Civil Engineering begins, in order that the Technical Engineers of Public Works (Hydrology), graduates of the previous ordination , obtain, after passing it, the title of Graduate in Civil Engineering. In the section Adaptation of previous lessons you will find information about it.

The USAL offers the possibility of studying the Double Degree in Civil Engineering and in the Engineering of Mining and Energy Technology that is offered in the EPS of Ávila.115636_avila_civil.jpg



The curriculum will be oriented to the development of the objectives that are detailed below in terms of skills to be acquired by the students:

  1. Scientific-technical training for the exercise of the profession of Technical Engineer of Public Works and knowledge of the functions of advice, analysis, design, calculation, project, construction, maintenance, conservation and exploitation.
  2. Understanding of the multiple technical and legal constraints that arise in the construction of public works, and ability to use proven methods and accredited technologies, in order to achieve greater efficiency in construction with respect for the environment and the protection of the safety and health of workers and users of public works.
  3. Knowledge, understanding and ability to apply the necessary legislation during the exercise of the profession of Technical Engineer of Public Works.
  4. Ability to project, inspect and direct works, in their field.
  5. Capacity for the maintenance and conservation of hydraulic and energy resources, in its scope.
  6. Capacity to carry out territorial planning studies and environmental aspects related to infrastructures, in their scope.
  7. Capacity for the maintenance, conservation and exploitation of infrastructures, in its scope.
  8. Capacity to carry out studies and design surface or underground water catchments, within its scope
  9. Knowledge and ability to apply business management techniques and labor legislation.
  10. Knowledge of the history of civil engineering and training to analyze and assess public works in particular and construction in general.
  11. Knowledge and capacity to give an efficient and effective response to the universal accessibility of the people that the Society demands.

General Competences (transversal)

  1. That students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in an area of study that starts from the base of general secondary education, and is usually found at a level that, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of his field of study.
  2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of study.
  3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data within the field of Civil Engineering to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant issues of social, scientific or ethical nature.
  4. That students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized public.
  5. That the students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

Students with disabilities will be taken into account, guaranteeing the Principle of Equality of Opportunities and Universal Accessibility, through measures that guarantee all students the possibility of achieving the competencies provided in the absence of discrimination, as foreseen in the Plan for Equality between men and women of the Universidad de Salamanca (http: // www. USAL .es / equality /) and in the accessibility plan of the Universidad de Salamanca : a) Social Affairs Service (http: // www. USAL .es / sas /) and b) University Institute for Community Integration (http: // inico. USAL .es /).

Specific Competences

Basic training module

  1. Ability to solve mathematical problems that may arise in engineering. Ability to apply knowledge about: linear algebra; geometry; differential geometry; differential and integral calculation; differential equations and partial derivatives; numerical methods; numerical algorithm; statistics and optimization.
  2. Capacity for spatial vision and knowledge of graphic representation techniques, both by traditional methods of metric geometry and descriptive geometry, as well as by computer-aided design applications.
  3. Basic knowledge about the use and programming of computers, operating systems, databases and computer programs with application in engineering.
  4. Understanding and mastery of basic concepts about the general laws of mechanics, thermodynamics, fields and waves and electromagnetism and its application for the resolution of engineering problems.
  5. Basic knowledge of geology and terrain morphology and its application in problems related to engineering. Climatology.
  6. Adequate knowledge of the concept of company, institutional and legal framework of the company. Organization and management of companies.

Module of formation common to the civil branch

  1. Knowledge of the topographic techniques essential to obtain measurements, form planes, establish paths, bring to the terrain defined geometries or control movements of structures or earthworks.
  2. Theoretical and practical knowledge of the chemical, physical, mechanical and technological properties of the most commonly used materials in construction.
  3. Ability to apply knowledge of construction materials in structural systems. Knowledge of the relationship between the structure of materials and the mechanical properties derived from it.
  4. Ability to analyze and understand how the characteristics of structures influence their behavior. Ability to apply the knowledge on the resistant operation of the structures to size them following the existing regulations and using analytical and numerical calculation methods.
  5. Knowledge of geotechnics and mechanics of soils and rocks as well as their application in the development of studies, projects, constructions and exploitations where it is necessary to carry out earthworks, foundations and containment structures.
  6. Knowledge of the fundamentals of the behavior of reinforced concrete structures and metal structures and ability to conceive, design, build and maintain this type of structure.
  7. Knowledge of the concepts and technical aspects linked to the systems of pipes, both in pressure and in free sheet.
  8. Knowledge of the basic concepts of surface and underground hydrology.
  9. Ability to analyze the problems of safety and health in construction sites.
  10. Fundamental knowledge about the electrical power system: power generation, transport network, distribution and distribution, as well as types of lines and conductors. Knowledge of the normative on low and high voltage.
  11. Ability to apply study methodologies and environmental impact assessments.
  12. Knowledge of construction procedures, construction machinery and techniques for organizing, measuring and evaluating works.

Specific technology module: civil constructions

  1. Knowledge of the typology and calculation bases of the prefabricated elements and their application to manufacturing processes.
  2. Knowledge about the project, calculation, construction and maintenance of the building works in terms of structure, finishes, facilities and own equipment.
  3. Capacity for construction and conservation of maritime works.
  4. Capacity for the construction and conservation of roads, as well as for the sizing, the project and the elements that make up the basic road provision.
  5. Capacity for the construction and conservation of railway lines with knowledge to apply the specific technical regulations and differentiating the characteristics of the mobile material.
  6. Ability to apply construction procedures, construction machinery and construction planning techniques.
  7. Capacity for the construction of geotechnical works.
  8. Knowledge and understanding of the supply and sanitation systems, as well as their sizing, construction and conservation.
  9. Ability to plan, program and control projects, reports and certifications in the field of Civil Engineering.

Specific technology module: hydrology

  1. Knowledge and capacity to project and dimension hydraulic works and installations, energy systems, hydroelectric exploitation and planning and management of superficial and underground hydraulic resources.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of the functioning of ecosystems and environmental factors.
  3. Knowledge of urban services projects related to water distribution and sanitation.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of the supply and sanitation systems, as well as their sizing, construction and conservation.

Specific technology module: transport and urban services

  1. Capacity for the construction and conservation of roads, as well as for the sizing, the project and the elements that make up the basic road provision.
  2. Capacity for the construction and conservation of railway lines with knowledge to apply the specific technical regulations and differentiating the characteristics of the mobile material.
  3. Knowledge of the regulation framework of urban management.
  4. Knowledge of the influence of the infrastructures in the planning of the territory and to participate in the urbanization of the urban public space, and in the projects of the urban services, such as water distribution, sanitation, waste management, transport systems, traffic, lighting, etc.
  5. Knowledge of the design and operation of infrastructure for modal interchange, such as ports, airports, railway stations and transport logistics centers.

Final degree work module

  1. Original exercise to be carried out individually and to present and defend before a university court, consisting of a project in the field of specific technologies of Civil Engineering of a professional nature in which the competences acquired in the teachings are synthesized and integrated.

Common to the two itineraries

  1. That the students know how to apply to the design and operation of the infrastructures of the civil work, the principles that the resolution of the Council of Europe includes on the universal accessibility of the people.

Admission profile

It is important to have a solid background in basic scientific subjects, so the origin of the Baccalaureate in the Technology modality is recommended, and as a second alternative, in the modality of Nature and Health Sciences or the origin of the Formative Cycle of Professional Training of the Building and Civil Works branch.

Other desirable characteristics:

  • Interest in Mathematics and Physics and ease of calculation.
  • Computer skills.
  • Capacity for analysis and synthesis, and to understand and elaborate abstract models from particular aspects.
  • Practical sense of organization and method and ability to work as a team.
  • Spatial vision and attention to detail and good manual skills.
  • Mentality open to changing content, interest in new technologies.
  • Innovative capacity in the face of technological advances and interest in research.
  • Knowledge of a second language (English).

Recommended subjects

  • DC. of the Earth and environment
  • Technical Drawing II
  • Physical
  • Mathematics II
  • Industrial Technology II

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

In order to enroll in this Degree, special conditions or tests different from the general ones established by the basic state regulations are not provided.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Academic Outputs

Once you finish the Degree in Civil Engineering, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • Cartographic Geotechnologies in Engineering and Architecture
  • Advanced Analysis of Multivariate Data and Big Data
  • Nuclear physics
  • Physics and Technology of Lasers
  • Intelligent Systems
  • ESO and Baccalaureate Teacher, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Professional outings

This Degree enables to practice the regulated profession of Technical Engineer of Public Works.

The USAL facilitates your professional insertion. Links of interest:

  • Professional orientation.
  • Training for employment.
  • Employment exchange.
  • Advice on business creation.
  • Practices for students.
  • Practices for graduates.
Program taught in:
  • Spanish

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Last updated May 27, 2019
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